The training was offered by Prof. Raghavan Srinivasan, Director of the Spatial Sciences Laboratory at Texas A&M University (TAMU), and facilitated by Dr. Feras Ziadat from ICARDA. The training was attended by members of the bio-physical team from NCARE who are actively engaged in SWAT modeling, two members of the bio-physical team from Palestinian, and two participants from Ethiopia and ICARDA. The training used real data collected during the previous season from three research sites in Syria, Jordan and Ethiopia and included data validation, calibration of the model to fit geo-climatic conditions of the modeling site with emphasis on dry environments, running the model, and reviewing the results. The team from Palestine was included in the training to keep them abreast of the on-going modeling exercise in Jordan and to equip them with the necessary skills required to replicate the model in Palestine. The Palestinian team has shown great interest in replicating the water harvesting work done in the Jordan Badia and in using the SWAT model to collect and analyze data.
June 24, 2012